Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Olympians with a heart

OLYMPIC rowers and new royal regatta stewards Mark Hunter and Tom James will be swapping their blades for saddles when they take part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride on June 15.

Both have good reason to complete the 54-mile ride, which is in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

Tom, 27, was successfully treated for atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm disorder, in 2012 in time to compete at the London Games, where he won a gold medal in the coxless fours, as he had done in Beijing four years before.

As he has such as healthy lifestyle, Tom was shocked to be diagnosed with the condition, which affects more than one million people in the UK.

He says: “Had it been left untreated I wouldn’t have gone on to compete. Heart disease can affect anyone, even an athlete like me. I’m taking part in the ride to help raise funds for essential research.”

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